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Beta Chi Theta Foundation Description

The Beta Chi Theta Foundation, established in 2015, has been created to support the educational advancement for the members of Beta Chi Theta, a South Asian-interest Fraternity. The Foundation will provide scholarships (merit- and need-based) and funding for leadership development opportunities to undergraduate and graduate members of the Fraternity. The foundation is incorporated in the State of Indiana and has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the IRS.

Programs

Undergraduate/ Graduate Scholarship Fund

The scholarship fund is designated to award $1,000 scholarships to full time students that are pursuing an undergraduate/graduate degree at an accredited university in the United States of America. The Beta Chi Theta Foundation, during its inaugural year, distributed seven $1,000 undergraduate scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic years. Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstrated academic achievement, and leadership roles within the fraternity at national or chapter level. Additional scholarships will be awarded to students that demonstrate financial need. Applications for the scholarship fund for 2017-2018 academic year will open Fall of 2017.

Leadership Fund

The leadership fund is meant to provide current undergraduate/graduate students to funding to attend conferences that can provide opportunities to advance their educational/career aspiration. In order for individuals to quality for these funds, the Beta Chi Theta Foundation must endorse the initiative as a meaningful educational or professional development. Grants will also be provided for pre-approved events/conference hosted by IFC,MGC,NAPA, and more that relate to fraternity/Greek development. Grants will be awarded based on a rolling basis. Thus, students are encouraged to apply early for consideration of funding.

Job Shadowing

Funding will be available for undergraduate/graduate students will be available nationwide to job shadow a Beta Chi alumni based on their career preferences. This will give an opportunity for a current full time undergraduate/graduate student an opportunity to spend a day with an alumnus at their workplace and experience what the job/company is really like. For example, if a brother studying computer science has an interest in working in tech, the Foundation would coordinate a shadowing opportunity with an alumnus or another professional that works at a startup in Silicon Valley. The Foundation will work with the Brother to cover certain costs related to travel, accommodations, etc.

Professional Webinars

Professional webinars will be uploaded on a portal dedicated to help undergraduate/graduate brothers learn about various topics relating to (and not limited to) resume building, networking, interviewing, etc. Each video will cover a specific topic and include an overview of a topic. There will also be a portion related to Q&A addition to answer questions that are sent in (prior to recording the video). These videos will serve as a guide for brothers to learn tips and tricks that can help advance them in the professional world.

Regional Professional Development Conference

The regional professional development conference would be similar the current regional conference hosted by Beta Chi chapters except that the Foundation’s efforts will focus strictly on professional development. This will current undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and experience that will help in finding internships, full time jobs, or transitioning careers. In addition, workshops will include a professional development portion to help transition individuals into leadership positions within their chapter/colony, the fraternity in general. The day would be split up into three components: workshops, career panel, and a networking dinner. The one-day conference will be hosted by a Beta Chi Chapter and the conference will be geared towards brothers from nearby chapters within the region. The first region the Foundation will focus on is the Northeast region.

Leadership

Executive Team

Executive Director

Jay Bhimani

As the Executive Director for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation, Jay’s responsibilities include strategic leadership and oversight of the Foundation and acting liaison between the Foundation’s executive team and its Board of Directors. In addition to serving as the Foundation’s Executive Director, he works at Beacon Health Options as an Assistant Vice President for the Business Development team in Boston. He received his degree in Management and Finance from Purdue University.

Finance Director

Pathik Patel

As the Finance Director for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation, Pathik's responsibilities include financial planning, budgeting, and reporting to both internal/external stakeholders, and working closely with the Foundation’s Executive Director on fundraising related activities. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation, Pathik is currently an Internal Auditor at Cabot Corporation and has previously worked with Arrowstreet Capital in Boston, MA and PricewaterhouseCooper's in Hartford, CT. Pathik has also served in various leadership roles within the Fraternity, most recently as the VP for Financial Affairs on Beta Chi Theta’s Executive Board. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and holds a CPA.

Strategic Initiatives Director

Samarth Patel

As the Strategic Initiatives Director for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation, Samarth's responsibilities include overseeing daily and long-term initiatives for the Foundation, including IRS exemption correspondence and programmatic development. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation, Samarth is a Financial Analyst with Pratt & Whitney. Samarth graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in finance.

Education Director

Tenzin Sonam

As the Foundation's Education Director, Tenzin's responsibilities include developing the education and leadership development programs for the Brothers of Beta Chi Theta. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation, Tenzin is a current Masters of Business Taxation student at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota- where he also graduated with a degree in accounting.

Marketing and Communications Director

Bhrunil Patel

As the Marketing and Communications Director for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation, Bhrunil's responsibilities include developing strategies to inform and engage stakeholders and trade organizations on the Foundation's activities. Bhrunil also manages the Foundation's social media communications network, alongside supporting ongoing donor engagement strategies. In addition to his work with the Foundation, Bhrunil serves as a Director for the Software Development Services team at Beacon Health Options in Boston, MA. He received his BA and Masters in Healthcare Administrations from the University of Minnesota, and his MBA from Washington State University.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

Vivek Surti

Vivek Surti currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation. In addition to this role, Surti also serves on the Board of Trustees for Beta Chi Theta Fraternity. Vivek’s past experiences include serving as a political fundraiser, as National President of Beta Chi Theta Fraternity, and as a Communications Director for the Tennessee Business Roundtable. He received his BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and resides in Nashville, TN.

Board Member

Vinay Kohli

Vinay Kohli currently serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors providing legal and strategic guidance to the Executive team. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation, he also works as an Attorney with Hooper, Lundy, and Bookman, PC. Vinay received his BBA in Finance, Masters in Accounting, and JD from the University of Texas, Austin. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and newborn daughter.
Disclaimer: Jay Bhimani currently serves on the board of directors in an interim capacity.

Open Positions

The Beta Chi Theta Foundation is seeking to add three new members to its team! The following positions are open for applications: Click the title above for job description and application instructions. Email Jay Bhimani at foundation.director@betachitheta.com for any questions regarding these positions!

News

Our 2016 Annual Report is now available! Click here to access it.

FAQs

Are officers and Directors of the Foundation paid positions?
No. Neither the Executive Officers nor Directors receive any form of compensation (including monetary or otherwise) for their involvement with the Foundation.
How do I claim my tax deduction?
At the beginning of each calendar year, the Beta Chi Theta Foundation will distribute a Letter of Acknowledgment for each donor, which will include the total amount of donations for the year. In addition to this, any single donation greater than or equal to $250 will receive its own Letter of Acknowledgement upon receipt, per IRS requirements. Note that the Letter of Acknowledgement is for Donor/Foundation records only.
Can I see where my money is going?
The Foundation is required by Federal Law to produce a full financial statement for each fiscal year. This financial statement is accessible on the Foundation Homepage. In addition to the financial statement, the Foundation will include a full newsletter within the publication on the website.
How do I get involved with the Foundation?
We are always looking for volunteers who can help spread the word about the Foundation and help us achieve our fundraising goals. Please contact Samarth Patel at foundation.chief@betachitheta.com, and our team will contact you.

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